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31 General Motors employees in Western New York among 1,350 temps moving to full-time jobs

Posted: 5:22 AM, Jan 16, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-16 09:31:49-05
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(AP/WKBW) — More than 1,350 temporary workers at 14 General Motors facilities in the U.S. will get full-time positions before the end of March, the company says.

The workers will start at $21 to $24 per hour depending on their seniority. They'll get improved health care benefits, company 401(k) contributions and annual profit-sharing checks. Eventually they'll reach the top wage for a full-time production worker of $32.32 per hour.

The manufacturing plants and other sites are in Michigan, Indiana, New York, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas and Kentucky. One of the plants is the Tonawanda Engine Plant.

“Earlier this month, 31 employees were moved from temporary to full-time employment," said plant director Ram Ramanujam in a statement. "Their conversion to regular full-time status will help create more engaged and motivated teams in our plant, which is foundational to improving job satisfaction, health and safety, and the quality of our products for our customers."